Canada Eases COVID-19 Restrictions
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has released updated guidelines for Canadians who have received either one or two doses of the vaccine, as well as public health guidelines for both outdoor and indoor settings.
They are as follow:
Fully vaccinated Canadians
One of the main benefits for Canadians who are fully vaccinated is that they will no longer have to wear a mask or physically distance themselves when in small groups outside. This includes groups of multiple households, even if some individuals in the group are unvaccinated. This includes hugs, camping with friends, small family barbecues, close contact sports, outdoor weddings and outdoor birthday parties.
To be considered fully protected, individuals need to wait 14 days after their second dose.
Fully vaccinated Canadians can spend time with other fully vaccinated people in cases such as the gym, private indoor parties, going to places of worship and ceremonies. The PHAC does, however, encourage fully vaccinated people to continue wearing masks when it comes to gatherings indoors as some people may be unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
Partially vaccinated Canadians
The PHAC has said that partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Canadians may be in outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated people. This includes small family barbeques, swimming at a lake or hugging without masks or physical distance.
They can also wear a mask at outdoor gatherings such as a wedding with people from multiple households regardless of their vaccination status, however, they need to practice social distancing.
When indoor at places such as the gym, place of worship or at a private ceremony, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated people need to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing. This is because certain individuals at these places may also be unprotected from COVID-19 and this may cause a spread of the virus.
Travelling to Canada During COVID-19
From July 5, 2021, there will be exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet certain requirements.
You may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements if you:
- Are eligible to enter Canada;
- Are asymptomatic;
- Meet the Government of Canada requirements of fully vaccinated travellers; and
- Meet all other entry requirements, including entering your information in ArriveCAN before arrival.
For those travellers who meet the requirements could be exempt from:
- Hotel stopover (for air travellers); and
- Day-8 testing requirement
The travel restrictions of who can enter Canada do, however, remain in place. Foreign nationals coming to Canada for non-essential reasons will be turned away at the border, this includes U.S. citizens.
To be considered fully vaccinated, you must:
- Be eligible to enter Canada;
- Have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines; and
- Upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN.
The accepted COVID-19 vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine and the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine.
Who Is Eligible To Travel to Canada?
The government strongly advises against non-essential travelling to Canada at this time. The following are among the list of people allowed to travel to Canada now:
- Canadian citizens;
- Permanent residents;
- Immediate family of Canadian citizens and permanent residents;
- Extended family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents;
- Temporary foreign workers;
- Foreign nationals entering Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds in special circumstances, such as terminal illness, serious injury or death;
- International students who held a valid study permit or who had been approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020; and
- International students attending a DLI that has obtained prior approval of its response plan to control the spread of COVID-19 from the provincial government.
How We Can Help You
For those who haven’t yet applied to immigrate to Canada, the Canadian government is still accepting the majority of permanent resident applications. The main focus is on granting work permits to those individuals who fall under essential services. As an essential worker, you could qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
Canada has over 100 immigration programs that all have their own requirements and to top that off, having to do the process during a pandemic that has created ever-changing rules and regulations on its own can make your Canadian journey even tougher. The Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) we work with can make the journey simpler as they have extensive knowledge on Canadian immigration and all its updates regarding any new COVID-19 Canada update.
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